Baseball games have a way of defying narratives, but this one went in the wrong direction and before it even got out of the garage, and lo and behold, it wound up at a gas station in Clearfield County somewhere, asking some poor pimply teenager for directions.
The Pirates committed three errors before Edinson Volquez even recorded his first out. Jean Segura reached on a throwing error by Jordy Mercer, and then moved all the way to third two separate Ike Davis errors on a pickoff play. Jonathan Lucroy brought Segura home on a sacrifice fly, and the Brewers were up 1-0.
The Bucs did take a 2-1 lead on a two-run, broken-bat single by Pedro Alvarez in the third, but Volquez allowed three runs in the fourth to make it 4-2.
The Pirates cut the lead to 4-3 with a double play in the sixth, but Justin Wilson made a big mess in the eighth. He struck out Aramis Ramirez, but then issued two walks and a hit batsman to load the bases with one out. Rickie Weeks brought home a run on a force out, Segura brought home another on an infield single, and after the Pirates brought in Jeanmar Gomez, Ryan Braun hit a two-run double. The Brewers added another run in the ninth thanks in part to an error by Gomez.